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Steve Fast replied to Steve Fast's discussion Identifying Lace on 1806 Pillowcases in the group Identification-History
"Thank you to everyone for your great information. I have little sewing skill (reattaching buttons is about it), but I'm amazed and impressed by the beautiful lacework that I have seen as I have researched these pillowcases. Thank you for…"
Jul 17
Laura Sandison replied to Steve Fast's discussion Identifying Lace on 1806 Pillowcases in the group Identification-History
"The first is a deer or stag, second is the bush or berry (possibly tree of life), third is a bird (maybe a peacock), forth is an urn, fifth is a repeat of deer, sixth is the bush again. Each is symbolic and varies by locale. "
Jul 17
Lorelei Halley Administrator replied to Steve Fast's discussion Identifying Lace on 1806 Pillowcases in the group Identification-History
"I agree that the open work on the edge is drawn thread embroidery. That kind often had darned motifs worked quite densely. The pictorial parts of the lacey edge appear to be that kind of work."
Jul 16
Steve Fast replied to Steve Fast's discussion Identifying Lace on 1806 Pillowcases in the group Identification-History
"Thank you all for identifying the technique. That is amazing to me that you can pull threads out without the whole pillowcase unraveling. There are also four repeating figures in the lace nearest the end that wraparound to the other side, so you can…"
Jul 16
Trinity replied to Steve Fast's discussion Identifying Lace on 1806 Pillowcases in the group Identification-History
"Thanks for clarifying that.  Their native language wasn't clear to me from the initial post."
Jul 16
Steve Fast replied to Steve Fast's discussion Identifying Lace on 1806 Pillowcases in the group Identification-History
"They were German-speakers living in Russia, so they used the Latin alphabet."
Jul 16
Laura Sandison replied to Steve Fast's discussion Identifying Lace on 1806 Pillowcases in the group Identification-History
"Trinity, I would attribute the sheen to well loved washed and pressed linen. Linen fabrics and laces will develop this sheen after years of use. Irons and mangles tend to press the fiber together and create that beautiful luster."
Jul 16
Trinity replied to Steve Fast's discussion Identifying Lace on 1806 Pillowcases in the group Identification-History
"It appears to me to be some very simple drawn thread work.  A couple of things I find curious (in addition to the facts that the work is on the closed end of the pillow case and only the groom's initials appear):  1.  The fabric…"
Jul 16
Laura Sandison replied to Steve Fast's discussion Identifying Lace on 1806 Pillowcases in the group Identification-History
"Hi Steve and Welcome! I can only address the lace sections. They are considered an embroidery technique called drawn thread embroidery. The lacey sections are created by withdrawing threads, both vertical and horizontal, leaving an open base. The…"
Jul 16
Steve Fast added a discussion to the group Identification-History
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Identifying Lace on 1806 Pillowcases

I run a small history museum in Hillsboro, Kansas, and we received a donation of two pillowcases, and I would like to identify the type of lace on them so that we can have better information about them. The pillowcases are believed to have been made for an 1806 wedding of a Low German Mennonite couple in Russia whose ancestry stretches back to Flanders. The groom's father was a linen weaver according to 1808 census data. The lacework is on the closed (not the open end) of the pillowcases, which…See More
Jul 16
Lorelei Halley Administrator left a comment for Steve Fast
"Steve Welcome. Please read all the NOTES. They explain our policies, and how the software works. Join any groups that interest you. Our HISTORY/IDENTIFICATION group would fit with your interests. You could post photos there, and ask for comments."
Jul 15

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I run a small history museum in Hillsboro, Kansas. We recently received a donation of two linen pillowcases, believed to have been made in 1806 by Low German Mennonites in Russia. The pillowcases each contain two strips of lace. I would like to identify the types of lace and the motifs so that we can make more informative labels for the display.

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At 8:38pm on July 15, 2021, Lorelei Halley Administrator said…

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Welcome. Please read all the NOTES. They explain our policies, and how the software works. Join any groups that interest you. Our HISTORY/IDENTIFICATION group would fit with your interests. You could post photos there, and ask for comments.

 
 
 

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